Nearly 37.72% turnout recorded till 11.30 AM in Bengal Assy polls

Kolkata: Amid elaborate security arrangements, around 37.72 per cent electorate exercised their franchise till 1130 hours on Monday in the seventh phase West Bengal Assembly election to 34 seats to decide the fate of 268 candidates.
Official sources said Malda district recorded 40.15% polling, Murshidabad 42.43%, South
Dinajpur 39.6% and West Bardhaman 34.17%.
Long queues were seen outside polling stations, where voting will continue till 6.30 PM. BJP candidate from Asansol Dakshin constituency Agnimitra Paul alleged that a Trinamool Congress polling agent was wearing a cap with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s photo on it, at polling booth in Baktarnagar High School.
Paul said that the presiding officer said he was unwell and didn’t see the cap. “EC has said that you can’t wear anything that has your party’s symbol or a political leader’s picture. This is Mamata Banerjee’s trick. She knows people won’t vote for her. Her time is up,” she said.
Trinamool Congress candidate from Rashbehari (Kolkata) Debashis Kumar alleged that he was not allowed to enter many booths by central forces
BJP candidate from Raninagar Masuhara Khatun alleges attack on her car by TMC activists BJP polling agent Sankar Sarkar alleged he was forcefully pushed out of booth no.91 by TMC members and made to leave the spot in Bakhra village of Ratua, Malda.
A TMC member said, “He is not a voter here so we asked him to leave respectfully. Nobody threatened him.”
As the polling for the seventh phase Assembly polls began this morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah urged voters to come out and vote in large numbers.
Taking to his tweeter handle, Mr Modi said, “The seventh phase of the West Bengal elections takes place today. Urging people to exercise their franchise and follow all COVID-19 related protocols.
Earlier, TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee after cast his vote at Mitra Institution in Bhabanipur, said, “Extremely confident that Mamata Banerjee will be back with 2/3rd majority…People are dying but EC is conducting 8-phase polls to benefit a party.”
TMC candidate from Bhabanipur constituency, Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, after casts his vote at Manmatha Nath Nandan Boys and Girls School said, “People will vote for Mamata Banerjee and her projects as her development has reached all homes. This election is being held on those issues.”
“I have been in politics since 1962, but this is the first time I am voting for myself,” he added.